YOUNGSTOWN — Daniel A. “Handsome Dan” Rauzan, 73, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at Hospice House in Poland.
Dan was born Aug. 17, 1947, in Hillsville, Pa., son of the late Andrew and Eleanor Alice Creature Rauzan. He was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and served in the Army during the Vietnam War, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Dan was a salesman at heart but spent most of his life in the hospitality industry. He was the proud owner of Cornersburg Billiards in the 1980s, Handsome Dan’s Blue Note Cafe in the ’90s, and finishing his career in fine dining at Anthony’s On the River and the Youngstown Club.
Dan loved the blues and playing his harmonica. He enjoyed spending time in his garden that he was so proud of, and cooking with and for his family was a true joy. He enjoyed golfing with his brother and friends, but his lifelong passion was the game of pool. A skilled one-pocket player until almost the very end, he never turned down the opportunity to run the table, still beating players 40 years his junior. He always knew the right shot to take. In order to beat him, you would have to play “lights out.” Finally, he loved to brag about his daughters to anyone who would listen.
Dan is survived by his two daughters, Julie Anne Rauzan of North Lima and Andrea (Chuck) Raleigh of Pittsburgh, Pa.; son-in-law, Judd Possage of Boardman; his sister, Susie (Dave) Mootz of Austintown; sister-in-law, Pamela Rauzan of Campbell; three grandchildren, Ember, Cameron, and Sophia Raleigh, all of Pittsburgh; three nephews and one niece; and eight great-nieces and -nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by his brother, Andrew A. Rauzan Jr.; three aunts, Helen and Irene Rauzan, and Violet Carano; and his best friend, Jake the Wonder Dog.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.at Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers, where a prayer service will be held at 3:15 p.m.
In place of flowers, donations can be made to the family for final expenses. Online condolences can be given at www.kirilafh.com.
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